Thomas is a PhD student at the Australian National University (ANU). His thesis explores the philosophical underpinnings of early French social science in the period between 1789 and 1848, with a special focus on the role of physiology and medicine. This research project begins with a reinterpretation of the ideas of the French Idéologues, of their meaning and significance. It moves on to discuss their legacy in the thought of Saint-Simon and of his followers.
Thomas is an intellectual historian by training, having previously studied at the EHESS (Paris) and the University of Cambridge.
He also works on eighteenth-century republicanism and international relations in France, Britain and the United States and he is particularly interested in foreign policy debates during the French Revolution. His first article on this subject has been published in French History and Civilization under the title ‘National Pride and Republican grandezza: Brissot’s New Language for International Politics in the French Revolution’.
His research interests include the history of modern political thought from Hobbes to Nietzsche, French eighteenth and nineteenth-century intellectual history and socialist philosophy, past and present.